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Datacolor International

<i>For Its Colorite System</i>

 Datacolor International For Its Colorite System 

Datacolor Internationals Colorite system offers the worldwide textile industry a new faster color development process called Digital Sampling. For the first time, the conventional method of developing color through physical samples and multiple lab dips can be replaced by a streamlined process that uses a digital standard.By communicating digitally through e-mail or by computer network, colors can be visually assessed immediately on the computer screen without the cost and time involved in shipping physical samples. Standards and batches can be electronically stored and quickly retrieved for permanent archiving. From Swatches To CurvesThe key to streamlining the color development time is to replace physical samples, usually a swatch of cloth, with digital samples that can be electronically transmitted between computers. More than just a color image is transferred. Numerical color data including a spectral curve and a digitized substrate image is also sent. The curve, not the swatch, is the standard now.Once the dyehouse receives this information, they can use computerized color-matching systems to make predictions about how closely they can match the color on a given substrate. These predictions in the form of a spectral curve can be sent back to tell the retailer what is possible before the first laboratory dyeing is even made.For this system to work each computer monitor must show exactly the same color. Datacolor accomplishes this using its Colorite calibration technology.The Colorite technology allows users to calibrate computer monitors to a precision of less than 0.5 average Delta E. This calibration is device independent and calibrates the monitor using CIE coordinates. The system uses a low-cost CRT probe to measure the screen and provide data for calibration.All Colorite products are available on the standard Windows platform, allowing for easy integration into existing PC configurations. Colorite Users MultiplyColorite systems are currently in use in the textile, apparel, food and cosmetics industries in the United Kingdom and the United States. Customer reaction has been very positive, and Datacolor can point to a growing number of major companies who are Colorite users.Bali Company, a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of intimate apparel, and its major suppliers have reached an agreement with Datacolor to implement an electronic color communication system that will shorten the sampling process and assure that every product matches the designers original specifications. With Colorite, Bali can more quickly and accurately manage its shade approval process via computer screen, which numerically and visually assesses the color to be reproduced.Burke Mills is using Colorite technology from Datacolor to communicate with customers and has placed a system in one of its larger customers. This technology, which delivers true "on-screen" color, replaces the need for physical samples with digital samples and significantly reduces the cycle time for color approval.Fruit of the Loom has chosen a complete suite of color communication, computer color matching, and color quality control systems from Datacolor. Fruit of the Loom's design and development center, main dyehouse and production plants will all be linked using Colorite to replace physical sampling with digital sampling. November 1999



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